July 7, 2010

Birthday Cake - My Creative Space

It's not a Donna Hay cake........but I'm not Donna Hay, and considering my cake making skills ( cooking skills for that matter ) I think it worked out pretty good. It was a total hit with the kids and for me.....that's all that counts!
I took a few tips from Donna in a recent Master Chef show.......the one with the layer cake. I made a couple of these and put them in the fridge to cool before I cut the layers.
I put some frosting in between the layers. Please excuse the slightly over-cooked bits, they were the tops so I stuck them in the middle ( after I sliced the bump off ) and used the bottoms for both the top and bottom of the stack.
I then gave it a good coating with some soft pink icing.
I melted an entire big bag of chocolate melts and put it in a piping bag so I could do some crazy piping on baking paper. This was the first time I tried this and I'm really pleased with the way it turned out, but next time I'll take a little more care with my design now that I know I have a few minutes to play with the melted chocolate.
Just as the chocolate was almost set I stood it up and pressed it around the cake ......like a crown!
I had a little chocolate left in my piping bag so I made a little flower to go on top.
I finished the cake a few hours before we needed it and I noticed that there were a few gaps in the chocolate.........I wonder who that could have been?
This kid loves anything with chocolate!
Megan had her little friend Tayla for a sleepover last night.......sadly I think it going to be the last. Tayla has just moved away, and even though these girls haven't been at the same school since Megan changed her school last term, they have been best friends for the past two and a half years!
They always had a great time together......we are really going to miss her.
We are hoping she can visit during the next school holidays.
For more creative spaces head on over to kootoyoo and take a look.

22 comments:

Little Ted Canvas said...

Are you sure you're not Donna Hay?! That cake is absolutely gorgeous, so pretty & no doubt delicious!
It's always sad to have a special friend move away, I hope they can stay in touch...

by marie-nicole said...

THAT LOOKS AMAZING!!!

karlyn Jackson said...

Who are you kidding? that cake looks amazing! yum!

passion4pink said...

Wow what a cake!!!Yummo!!!! this is one to remember!!!I 'm sure the girls will be great friends forever, with technology the way it is today they will always be able to keep in touch.BTW you can share the recipe if you want...... hint hint.;)

Jodi said...

OK, thats not an ice cream cake BRenda!!! ;)

Sally said...

That cake is WAY BETTER than any Donna Hay cake. Bravo - it's brilliant!

Michelle said...

That cake is AMAZING!! You are more of an inspiration than that Donna Hay woman, for sure!!

angelina said...

wow i love the cake fencing! an idea i hope to remember when it comes cake time again....did you freeze the chocolate so it didnt run?

Kayly said...

What a spectacular cake! Well done. Lucky you took some photos before the 'mice' got to it.

Catherine said...

love the cake! really like the chocolate crown!

Bugalugs said...

Yummo - my gosh that cake looks delicious!

Kellie Christie said...

Now that is a awesome effort for someone who doesn't bake!!! The chocolate around the edge looks amazing!! I will try that one day, need to invest in a piping bag first though. Happy creating!!

nerines said...

Hi,
I think you cake worked out brilliantly! I confess I haven't decorated a cake for about five years the last one was a pokemon character and it's scared me off it a bit:)

Kirsten said...

Wonderful cake! How sad about your daughter's friend moving away :(

Ruby Star said...

Wow, that's impressive. love the choc crown.

Kerry said...

I'm very impressed with your chocolate twirling skills. Looks fabulous.

74 Lime Lane said...

that is an amazing cake ~ love the chocolate swirls on the outside. You've done a fabulous job.
You obviously don't need them but there are some fantastic cake icing tips for layer cakes and such on smittenkitchen.com

Fruitful Fusion said...

The cake looks delicious! I love the chocolate crown idea!

michelle said...

you could give old donna a run for her money me thinks. the cake looks fantastic. i remember when my bestie moved away. so sad. they look like they adore each other. i bet they stay BFF

Jana said...

I'm so impressed-the chocolate detailing is simply lovely!

Maria said...

Wow that cake is amazing. You are a very talented lady.

m.e (Cathie) said...

that's a pretty amazing cake!
are you sure you aren't donna hay? :)
well done.